Don’t let the bed bugs bite!

@arkaf61 (10881)
Canada
July 17, 2009 5:17pm CST
I never paid much attention to that saying. Mostly because I was not born in an English speaking country. I had never heard it. And then because I hardly had any idea of what a bed bug was in the first place. Had I understood what it was, I would have a brief thought of “Yuck! “ and dismiss it, because I didn’t even think such things still existed. So it really took me by surprised when I saw a headline about bedbugs in a newspaper. Now you guys know I don’t read the papers much, but I felt curious and started reading. To my surprise – and almost panic – I learned that bedbugs seem to have become a problem in here. The article reported that many more cases of infestation were appearing in the city each day and even report cases where people got them after staying at an hotel. I was feeling uneasy, how would I know if I have them in my house? Could someone bring them over in their clothes or something? Then I learned that one of my son’s friends had a huge problem with bedbugs in his house. I have to be honest, I like the kid, but I have asking my son not to visit him in his home and not to socialize with him much. I have been worrying that he might come to visit us in here – he often does – because I don’t know what to do. Let him in? Ask him to wait outside? I might have been raised in a very sheltered way. I understand that. I had never seen mice in a house until I came here – I knew they existed, but from my experience they would be found outside the big city and in very old houses. Roaches I had heard of, but again had never seen one in a house . I had seen quite some huge ones when I lived in Brazil and Angola. Some were huge. But I have never seen one inside a house. Same with lice. Lice was something that the gipsy kids had and we were warned to be careful. Funny thing I never believed they existed. I thought it was a scheme from our moms so we wouldn’t play with them. Bedbugs, I had never even heard of. And when I did, almost as an adult, I thought that existed because way before I was born, some people still had mattress that were filled with straw and maybe those bugs like straw. I didn’t even consider in my mind that people would be able to find them in their houses now. I know that the insect population really went down with the use of DDT. But now DDT is not considered safe and is not used anymore, so I guess they are coming back. I since learned of 4 or 5 more people that I know that had to deal with bedbugs, one of them that seems to have brought them back from an hotel stay. Public health has some posts in their site, relating to bedbugs and does confirm that there are many cases and suggest that people avoid buying second hand furniture, specially bedroom furniture. This leaves me a bit anxious. I don’t think I would be able to sleep if I knew that I would have some crawly up my leg/arm/torso etc, ready to feast on my blood. I wouldn’t know what to do or how to get rid of them. Are there reports of bedbug infestations increasing in your area? Are you worried? Have you ever seen one? Feel free to call me an idiot for being so anxious about this LOL
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
18 Jul 09
I have heard of ppl having them and they do gross me out. As far as I know we have never had them and do not have them now. I try to make sure that our sheets get washed regularly and that the bed is kept clean. [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS**[/b]
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@arkaf61 (10881)
• Canada
19 Jul 09
I grosses me out big time too. Plus I use to have problem as a kid that I think will come back full blown if I found out I had those yuckies: I used to go camping with my parents when I was little, and at a time I was worried about going to sleep because I was worried that bugs would crawl onto me when I was was asleep. At one point I was sleeping with my hands over my hears and nose so they wouldn't go in - at least that's what my mom tells me, personally I was too small to remember.
@drannhh (15237)
• United States
17 Jul 09
I've never seen a bed bug, but once I had planned a casual trip to a well-known area here in the US, but canceled my plans to go there after reading in the newspaper that a major hotel chain had a property in that area where a celebrity of some sort had stayed and apparently gotten hideously bitten by bed bugs. I had been concerned about whether they had a mosquito abatement program, but bed bugs in an upscale hotel chain never entered my mind, not at a pricey hotel. But I understand that these things are on the rise, along with the Bubonic plague, which I mentioned in my recent blurb about the ground squirrel who dug a hole under my shed. Cockroaches are a special case if you live in areas infested by those dreadful water bugs that crawl up through the sewer systems and come out of the toilet. I call them cockroaches the size of baseballs, but that is an exaggeration. They are really only the size of small mice. A realtor I know said he once saw hundreds of them in the bathroom of a vacant home. He said he almost threw up. I almost threw up just hearing him describe what he saw.
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@arkaf61 (10881)
• Canada
18 Jul 09
My friend's daughter had exactly the same problem. She went to Niagara falls and stayed in the hotel for a week. She thought that the bites were from mosquitoes, but when she came home she was still being bitten. They found out that she had brought more than her luggage when she came back. Not good.
@agv0419 (3027)
• Philippines
17 Jul 09
Bedbugs is also my problem no matter how I hunt or put them insecticides they can still survive. I tried many ways to killed them but they still in my bed. I can't sleep because of their bites sometimes I don't want to sleep anymore in my bed. I'm thinking to put my bed outside and then I'm going to spray insecticides again but it is raining outside. I'm planning to dried it on the sun or burned it.
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@arkaf61 (10881)
• Canada
18 Jul 09
Hope you can find a solution. From what I saw in the pictures from people that were bitten, it's not fun to have to live with them. DDT used to kill them, but now they don't allow DDT anymore.
• United States
7 Sep 10
Don't feel bad for asking questions. You are actually ahead of the game because the more you know about the bug, how it travels, and how you can get them, the better you can prevent them from getting into your home. I live in Cincinnati, Ohio, what Time magazine is calling the 4th most infested city in the United States. I have had several encounters with them myself, but after this last time happening I will not stand for it anymore. I created a blog in hopes of creating an online awareness group where people can learn how to prevent from getting them, and how to treat their household if they do have them. You can find more information about bedbugs through my blog here: http://cincyvsbedbugs.blogspot.com
@arkaf61 (10881)
• Canada
18 Apr 11
this shows how long I haven't been to mylot. I have not seen your post yet, and I'm glad I did know. I just checked your blog and found it quite interesting. Bedbug infestations are still rampant over here, and worse than that people are just finding it natural nowadays. How can it be found natural??????? Anyway thanks for posting and have a wonderful week :)
• India
18 Jul 09
never let them to bite
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@arkaf61 (10881)
• Canada
19 Jul 09
LOL I read your post and imagined myself running away in circles so they wouldn't bite me :):):)
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• India
18 Jul 09
Bed bugs are very dangerous thing. They appear only where there is lack of cleaniness . Their main characteristics is to suck blood. They are mainly found in mattressess of bed. If mattresses have red blood spots on it it means existance of bedbugs.Some hotels and dharamshala swho do not keep their rooms clean, they have it. If we go to these places , bedbugs got transfer to our belongings andthen will come to our house. So everytime u go to such polaces , after returning keep all luggage outside in sun for some hours and clean it properly. Like u i am also very much worried about bedbugs entering our house. Rats, Mosquitoes are all OK but Once bedbugs enter your house it will spoil your things fast.
@arkaf61 (10881)
• Canada
19 Jul 09
I was under that impression but I have been reading about them and apparently it doesn't really matter if the house is clean or dirty. THey will make it a home either way. But as you say, not matter how one will get them in our houses, they are very difficult to get rid of. That's the scary part.
@candy2306 (577)
• India
18 Jul 09
eeww..bedbugs...make me go 'yuck'! like others do. I've experieced ones, when I stayed over at my friend's place. It was a room that she rented. My God, it was the 'home' for the bedbugs! Next morning when I got up, I found this little swells on my both arms! I wasn't sure at that time, but when I came home and showed my sis, she told me it looks like bedbugs. I didn't believe her at first, then later my friend told me the same too! I threw away the dress which I wore to her place, as my mom told that it's not easy to get rid of it! All you got to do is 'burn' it!
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@arkaf61 (10881)
• Canada
18 Jul 09
Yes, they gross me out. I would really have trouble sleeping if I knew I had them. I would start throwing the furniture out LOL
@underdogtoo (9589)
• Philippines
18 Jul 09
Bedbugs were a problem as I was growing up but these days, there are bug killers that can easily wipe out these little critters. Insecticides, we call them.
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@arkaf61 (10881)
• Canada
18 Jul 09
Well here they are saying for us not to use any bug sprays because they won't work and will actually make things worse. They tell people that they need to get an exterminator to go to the home and spray the whole thing. Often it needs more than one time. It will be quite expensive.
@GardenGerty (124218)
• United States
17 Jul 09
My grandmother talked of pulling all the mattresses out to lay in the sun in the spring and summer, to kill the bed bugs. I would not know one if I saw one. I rarely have stayed in a hotel in the last several years. I may have to go read up about them and learn more.I have not heard of any infestations around here, but then I have been accused of living under a rock.
@arkaf61 (10881)
• Canada
18 Jul 09
Yes, my mother in law told me about that too. Also because the mattresses were filled with straw - I don't remember ever seeing those - they used to open them up, and put new straw. Those tiny bugs really gross me out grrrr I don't even think I know what I would do if I got them yuck!!!!!